A.S. Face 0585: Tommy

My name is Tommy.
I am 13 years old.
I am very athletic and play competitive baseball.
I was diagnosed with AS last week.
My pain started a year ago.
Georgia United States of America

7 Responses to “A.S. Face 0585: Tommy”

  1. I am so happy they caught it early. Keep up the athletics!

  2. Ok Tommy. Are ya scared? Well dont’ be. Here’s why.
    #1-As Jacquie said, early detection is Key to this disease. It took years for a lot of us to get diagnosed, years where AS had time to do it’s damage. Get on it now, knock it down, stuff AS back in it’s bottle and put a cork on it!

    #2–There are wonderfull NEW medicines available today that weren’t available even ten years ago. I gots a feeling you doctor is gonna pile on this AS with everything he’s got. Stomp it back into the dirt.

    #3-You have now been given the opportunity to “turn a negative into a postive.” Turn the tables on AS and “use” it to motivate yourself to shape your future. When you go to college, and you WILL be going to college, I’m thinkin something along the lines of a medical field or research biology. You play this right, and sometime years down the road you might just find yourself thanking God for having AS.

    #4–Now you’ve got 585 friends, aunts, uncles, grandma’s and grandpa’s who are here for you. You’re about to see the best in human kind. You’re about to see courage, perceverence, patience, optimism, tenacity, love, kindness, understanding…all the very best of human traits. Books have been written to try and explain them, novels have been written to try and capture them, and you’re gonna see them up close and real. And I have no doubt, that you will have all those traits because of AS.

  3. You are very brave for sharing your story! Welcome to our AS family.

  4. Hi Tommy. I wanted to say thank you for sharing your story with all of us. I’m sure that you will help a lot of other kids your age, by posting your AS story. That’s great that you are very athlethic, & like competitive sports. It’s very important when you have AS to stay active, & playing sports will help you a lot. I’m so sorry that you have been in pain for a whole year. I know how hard that is. The good thing is that now that you have been diagnosed, you can start taking medicine that will help you feel much better. You are very brave to share your story. I like your picture, because you look happy, keep smiling! 🙂 Stay strong, Tommy. Thank you for posting your story, & Derek is right, you just made 585 new friends! 🙂 – Lisa

  5. Hi Tommy, Keep up with the athletics. I still play competitive sport at the age of 33 and my AS started at 17, if you can keep at it I think it really helps to be active and stay fit.

    I’m a teacher now and one of my students who is the same age as you also has AS. I think it is good news that younger people are getting the diagnosis quickly. She deals with it really well and leads a super active life too.

    Best Wishes
    Eve (UK)

  6. Stay strong Tommy and continue to do what you enjoy! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  7. Dear Tommy,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. Keep up with the activities and remember to be your own advocate.
    Stay Strong you have a lot of people you can depend on now.
    Sincerely Cookie

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